Peru Encompassed

Peru Encompassed

21 days from $


AT A GLANCE:

Discover Peru on our most complete tour. Explore ancient cultures, fascinating artifacts and bustling colonial towns. Travel from the desert across the Andes to the Amazon rainforest, immersing yourself in the diverse wildlife of Peru while exploring its archeological mysteries.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Chan Chan – the largest pre-Columbian city
  • The royal tombs of the Lord of Sipan
  • Flight of the condors in the Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Machu Picchu
  • Wildlife of the Amazon rainforest
  • Nazca Lines overflight

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Duration: 21 days
  • Price per person, based on double occupancy
  • Season: year round
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD

Day 1 – Lima | Welcome to the City of the Kings

Meet our representative at Jorge Chavez Airport, who takes you to your hotel and conducts a short briefing about the upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Lima | Colonial and Modern Splendor

In the afternoon, enjoy your tour of the capital of Peru, known also as the City of the Kings. Walk through the colonial Lima to appreciate its beautiful monuments: houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, the main city squares like Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque Cathedral, the Governors Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, visit the convent of San Francisco and explore its extensive underground catacombs which served as a cemetery during the colonial period. Next, visit the Larco Museum. This unique, privately owned museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Continue to the modern part of the city, reaching Miraflores to enjoy its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, savor Peruvian cuisine at the complimentary dinner with a folkloric show.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet dinner

Day 3 – Chiclayo| The Artifacts of the North

Early in the morning, head to the airport to board a short flight to Chiclayo. In the afternoon, depart on a tour taking you to Gran Batan archeological complex. Explore high adobe pyramids used as temples, homes, cemeteries and craft workshops. Continue your tour to the Museum of the Lord of Sicán, where a fabulous exhibition of the artifacts discovered in the huacas of Batán Grande awaits. Appreciate a splendid ancient mortuary mask made of feathers, gold, and silver as well as a recreation of the tombs of Sicán noblemen with many other valuable goods displayed in the museum. Upon completion of the visit, return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 4 – Chiclayo | Royal Tombs

Start your day with a one-hour drive to Túcume. After exploring this archeological site and its 26 pyramids, head to the Royal Tombs Museum. Prior to entering, take a few minutes to admire the museum’s striking exterior — a replica of a Moche tomb. Then, have a look at some of the rarest artifacts from the Moche civilization, including the treasures found buried with the Lord of Sipán, housed in the museum. Later, head southeast to Huaca Rajada, the archeological site where the remains of the Moche mummy known as the Lord of Sipán were found in 1987. Explore the site and learn about its important archeological findings and excavations. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 5 – Trujillo | Mysterious Huacas

After breakfast, head to Trujillo, visiting on the way El Brujo archaeological complex, represented by three major huacas that date back over 4,000 years. Check out the site where a female Moche mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered. Then, continue to the museum to appreciate its beautiful polychrome murals, among other exhibits. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 6 – Trujillo | The City of Eternal Spring

In the morning, start your day with a city tour of Trujillo. Visit the city’s main square, stop at the Liberty monument, visit the Cathedral with its beautiful altarpieces, walk the pedestrian Pizarro street on the way to La Merced Church, and visit the Emancipation Mansion with its beautiful neo-classic windows. This is followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Next is a 15-minute drive south to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). After this, head to Chan Chan, South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Make a brief stop at Huanchaco: a small fishing town known for its “caballitos de totora” or small boats made of reed. Head back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 7 – Arequipa | The White City

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport where you board your flight to Arequipa. Spend the afternoon exploring Arequipa. Nicknamed the ‘white city’ due to its many buildings built of sillar (a white stone), Arequipa blends religious, colonial, and republican architectural characteristics into a unique local style. On this tour, visit the Santa Catalina convent – a masterpiece of colonial architecture that had been closed to the public for almost 400 years. Then, head to the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful main city squares in Peru, and its Cathedral. Afterward, explore the colonial suburbs of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara where you will enjoy magnificent views of the city and its volcanoes. Return to the hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 8 – Arequipa | The Road to the Canyon

In the early morning, venture out to Chivay. While driving through the picturesque Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, stop to watch and take pictures of many llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. After a brief break at Patapampa (the highest place of the trip at 4,800 m above sea level), descend to the town of Chivay for lunch and drop off at your hotel. Later in the afternoon, visit the thermal baths of La Calera to relax in the warm waters (optional). In the evening, enjoy complimentary dinner with a folkloric show.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner

Day 9 – Colca | The Flight of the Condor

After an early breakfast, leave to the “Condor’s Cross” to watch the world-famous Andean condor birds soar majestically in the air as they rise up from the canyon. Visit a few different viewpoints of the canyon to appreciate its sheer size. On the way back, make a stop at the town of Yanque to visit its beautiful church and stone streets, among other attractions. Then visit the viewpoints of Choquetipo and Artahuilque for some spectacular views of the Colca Valley and its pre-Inca tombs and terraces. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a picturesque ride to your hotel in the city of Puno.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 10 – Puno | Floating Islands

In the early morning, start your adventure with a short trip to the lakeside marina, from where you sail on a speedboat through the highest navigable lake in the world. Head first to the floating Uros Islands (a group of more than forty islands inhabited by pre-Incan families) and learn about their fascinating history and lifestyle. Your adventure continues across the lake to Taquile Island, known for the intricate, hand-knitted textiles produced by its inhabitants. In the late afternoon, return to Puno.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 11 – Puno | The Sun Route

After enjoying your breakfast, take a scenic bus ride to Cusco. This journey, also known as the “Sun Route”, lasts about 10 hours, in the course of which you have 4 stops with guided visits to each tourist attraction: the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the pass of the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level, and the lithic museum of Pukara. After reaching Sicuani, enjoy your lunch at a picturesque restaurant. Upon arrival at Cusco’s bus station, transfer to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 12 – Cusco | The Imperial City

After a leisurely morning, join your guide to explore this majestic city – the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. First, visit the main Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas where you see a range of paintings from Cusco’s School of Art, old writings, and works in gold leaf and embossed silver. Once finished, continue to Koricancha or the ‘’Temple of the Sun’’ to appreciate its architecture and perfect stone constructions only seen in Inca temples of high importance. After this, head outside the city to visit the archaeological circuit of 4 sites: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of your day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 13 – Cusco | Salt Mines & The Inca Retreat

Begin your day with a trip to the village of Chinchero, where you learn about the ancient customs and traditions of its inhabitants by visiting the ruins of the Inca summer getaway and a beautiful colonial church. Next stop is Maras, a small village famous for its salt mines. Once there, discover how the Incas ingeniously tapped a natural salt water stream to create evaporating pools for collecting salt, a system that is still used today. Afterward, continue to the ruins of Moray, a site of circular terraces built by the Incas as an agricultural research center. Enjoy the rest of the day enjoying your stay at the Sacred Valley hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 14 – Urubamba | The Sacred Valley

Today is the day of your adventure in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your tour starts with a smooth drive through the Sacred Valley. On the way, enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, green hills and beautiful fields. During your first stop, visit Awanacancha textile center and camelid farm, where you will meet llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Feed them and take some funny pictures! Then, head to the ruins of Pisac followed by a stop at the famous Pisac Artisan Market. After having lunch at a picturesque restaurant valley site, enjoy visiting Ollantaytambo and its mountainside terraces and fortifications where the Incas made one of their last stands against the Spanish conquerors. Spend the evening relaxing at your Sacred Valley hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 15 – Machu Picchu Pueblo | Machu Picchu, A Wonder of the World

After breakfast, take a panoramic train to the base town of Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu pueblo.
From there, enjoy a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel built in the 15th century. Explore this icon of Incan civilization by walking through its narrow streets, learning its history, and celebrating the lifestyle of the Incas. You will surely see why this place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to take a train back to Cusco, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 16 – Puerto Maldonado | The Gate to the Amazonas

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board a flight to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado, the starting point of your adventure in the Amazon Rainforest. Upon your arrival at Puerto Maldonado, take a complimentary one-hour road trip, followed by a tranquil boating transfer on the Tambopata River, arriving at the secluded rainforest lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a 20-minute walk from the lodge to the 30-meter scaffolding canopy tower. From the top, get some spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River and watch toucans, parrots or macaws and other bird species fly and land in the treetops. Return to the lodge to enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, box lunch and buffet dinner

Day 17 – Puerto Maldonado | Exploring the Rainforest

In the early morning, take a trip to Tres Chimbadas: thirty minutes by boat followed by a 45-minute walk. Once there, paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. After that, take a 20-minute walk to the clay lick site to spot dozens of parrots and parakeets descending to ingest the clay on the river bank. In the afternoon, a 20-minute boat trip leads you to the Centro Ñape trail, where you learn about medicinal and other uses of many local plants. After dinner, hike out to search for some night jungle dwellers – difficult to spot nocturnal mammals or more abundant tarantulas, snakes or frogs with their bizarre shapes and sounds. Return to the lodge to enjoy the rest of your day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and buffet dinner

Day 18 – Ica | Huacachina Oasis

After breakfast, transfer back to Puerto Maldonado Airport to board a short flight to Lima. Upon arrival at Lima, take a comfortable 4-hour bus trip to Ica, followed by a short ride to Huacachina Oasis – home to the extraordinary adventure called the Dune Buggy and Sandboarding Tour.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 19 – Ica | Surfing the Sand

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the oasis. In the afternoon, join the fun on the Dune Buggy and Sandboard Adventure. This experience takes you deep into the desert, where you enjoy an adrenalin-pumping buggy ride through the huge coastal sand dunes. Try sandboarding down the dunes, and watch the sun going down as you return to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 20 – Ica | The Mystery of Nazca Lines

Early in the morning, head to Ica airport to embark on a 75-minute flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines (a collection of giant pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into the ground). Created by the ancient Nazca culture, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines depict various plants, animals and shapes, and can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. Afterward, take a short and comfortable bus ride to the coastal town of Paracas. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 21 – Paracas | Ocean Wildlife

After breakfast, head to the Paracas pier and set off on a guided two-hour speedboat adventure, which takes you to the beautiful Ballestas Islands – home to many sea birds, impressive colonies of sea lions and Humboldt penguins. Make a quick stop to look at the mysterious Candelabra, a prehistoric 200m long hillside geoglyph. After the boat trip, embark on a smooth five-hour bus journey through the Pan American Highway to Lima airport to board your home-bound flight and say good-bye to beautiful Peru.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Sites entrance fees
  • Private city tours of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
  • Private tours of El Brujo & Cao Museum; Maras Moray & Chincheros; Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu
  • Shared half day tours of Sican Museum & Batan Grande; Sand Buggy Adventure; Ballestas Islands
  • Shared Nazca Lines overflight
  • Shared full day tours of Tucume, Royal Tombs & Sipan; Trujillo City Tour with Archaeological Museum, Sol & Luna Temples, Chan Chan and Huanchaco
  • Shared full-day guided tour of Lake Titicaca, by speed boat
  • Shared full day guided bus tour from Puno to Cuzco
  • Shared two-day guided tour of Colca Canyon
  • Shared 3-day program in the Amazon
  • Comfortable land transportation, Vistadome (or similar) train ticket and internal economy class flights as per the itinerary
  • Private Hotel/Airport/Bus/Railway Station pick-up and drop-off service
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses

LIMA

Britania Miraflores

Standard room

Placed in the heart of Miraflores, the most popular area for tourists.

CHICLAYO

Winmeier

Standard room

One of the largest hotels in the city, offering a variety of services.

TRUJILLO

Casa Andina Standard Trujillo

Traditional room

A modern hotel only a couple of minutes from the main square.

AREQUIPA

Katari Plaza de Armas

Superior room

Optimal location at the main square, right accross from the Cathedral.

COLCA

Pozo del Cielo

Standard room

Cozy hotel located only 1 km from the Main Square and 300 m from the archeological ruins.

PUNO

Casona Plaza Puno

Suite

Comfortable and modern hotel in the center of the city.

CUSCO

Casa Andina Standard Cusco Koricancha

Standard room

Quiet and atmospheric, just 4 blocks away from the main square.

SACRED VALLEY

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Standard room

Comfortable hotel built on an old monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

PUERTO MALDONADO

Posada Amazonas Lodge

Superior room

Rustic lodge that offers excellent wildlife observation opportunities.

ICA

DM Mossone Ica

Standard room

Stylish hotel located within the regional preservation area of Huacachina oasis.

PARACAS

El Emancipador

Standard room

Relaxed style hotel situated in the quiet area of Paracas.

ESSENTIAL INFO

PASSPORT

Your full passport details are required to complete your booking. As a general rule, most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining and at least two blank pages on the day of entry to Peru. Bring a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you and leave another copy at home with family or friends. If your passport was changed after completion of the booking process, you must take both passports (old and new) with you.

VISAS

For U.S., Canadian, Australian and European Union citizens, no visa is required for stays fewer than 90 days. For all other nationalities, please send an e-mail inquiry for further information.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

Before coming to Peru, discuss your health conditions with your doctor. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground; ultimately leading to more serious consequences. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. Even if you do not have a pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements that may be difficult to find in Peru.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As parts of the journey may go above 2800 meters (9200 feet), it is common for travelers to experience shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy or reduced appetite due to the altitude. It is important not to over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged, it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. We understand that certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

 VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

If visiting the jungle region (Manu, Iquitos and Tambopata), it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to bring your certificate. Consider that you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving at the jungle region.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Peruvian Food is one of the best cuisines in the world; however, you have to eat at the right establishments. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only use bottled water - even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been washed.

It is important that you let us know in advance any special dietary requirements. Some diet preferences (e.g. vegetarian) may expect a reasonable menu selection while more restrictive ones (vegans, celiac, gluten-free) may have less options than you are accustomed to having available at home.

MONEY MATTERS

Peru’s official currency is the Sol, but US dollars are also widely accepted. There are many money changing options in every Peruvian city; however, for safety reasons, we suggest you to exchange in a bank.

It may be not easy to find an ATM at some locations, so it is a good idea to carry some cash in smaller bills. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in Peru and inquire about international fees and charges. Additionally, ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as, suspecting fraud, they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

SAFETY

Your safety is our number one priority. Your guide accompanies you on all included activities; however, during your trip, you have some free time to pursue your own interests. Please use your own judgement when selecting an activity in your free time:

  • Leave your expensive jewelry and other valuables at home - you won't need them while travelling.
  • Use your hotel safety boxes to store cash, passport, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Use a neck wallet or money belt to keep your money and documents safe when on the go.
  • Do not carry or expose expensive electronics or an excessive amount of cash.
  • Do not wander alone, especially after dark and away from tourist areas.
  • Do not use unauthorized taxis or private vehicles.
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We request that you submit your insurance details during your booking process (see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details).

PACKING

Before packing, be mindful that Peru has many different climates. From the hot and humid deserts and jungle, to the cold Andean mountains, be sure to bring clothes for each of our unique climates.

AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items if visiting the Amazon Jungle:

  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for wearing on boardwalks or around the lodge
  • Knee high rubber boots are provided for the duration of your stay. We recommend wearing these for the jungle walks. Please bring thick/long socks to wear with the rubber boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Good binoculars (optional)
  • Head torch or flash light

TREKKING/GLAMPING PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items for your mountain trail:

  • Reusable bottle for water
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking boots
  • Day clothes:
    • Long walking trousers or exercise tights/leggings
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight rain-jacket or waterproof poncho
    • Thick socks
    • Underwear
  • Night clothes:
    • Fleece jumper/sweater
    • Long pants
    • Woolen hat, scarf and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Flip flops/sandals
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • A standard torch/flashlight
  • Some cash (in small denominations) to tip your guides and porters
 

LOCAL CULTURE AND LGBT SCENE

Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported from the Spanish settlers. Roman Catholic traditions have seeped into many aspects of Peruvian life. When travelling in Peru, many people often mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag. Peruvian society is quite conservative and with little progress in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima and some other main cities do have large LGBT communities as well as some popular bars and friendly LGBT scenes. Feel free to ask for more information.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

We do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical), discrimination or harassment. Sexual relationships between our personnel and travelers are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal substances will not be tolerated and will be reported to local authorities. If you choose to consume alcohol, we encourage responsible drinking. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronizing sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

If you feel someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency telephone number mentioned in your travel voucher.

 

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AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE:

Discover Peru on our most complete tour. Explore ancient cultures, fascinating artifacts and bustling colonial towns. Travel from the desert across the Andes to the Amazon rainforest, immersing yourself in the diverse wildlife of Peru while exploring its archeological mysteries.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Chan Chan – the largest pre-Columbian city
  • The royal tombs of the Lord of Sipan
  • Flight of the condors in the Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Machu Picchu
  • Wildlife of the Amazon rainforest
  • Nazca Lines overflight

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Duration: 21 days
  • Price per person, based on double occupancy
  • Season: year round
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD
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ITINERARY

Day 1 – Lima | Welcome to the City of the Kings

Meet our representative at Jorge Chavez Airport, who takes you to your hotel and conducts a short briefing about the upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Lima | Colonial and Modern Splendor

In the afternoon, enjoy your tour of the capital of Peru, known also as the City of the Kings. Walk through the colonial Lima to appreciate its beautiful monuments: houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, the main city squares like Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque Cathedral, the Governors Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace. After that, visit the convent of San Francisco and explore its extensive underground catacombs which served as a cemetery during the colonial period. Next, visit the Larco Museum. This unique, privately owned museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Continue to the modern part of the city, reaching Miraflores to enjoy its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, savor Peruvian cuisine at the complimentary dinner with a folkloric show.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet dinner

Day 3 – Chiclayo| The Artifacts of the North

Early in the morning, head to the airport to board a short flight to Chiclayo. In the afternoon, depart on a tour taking you to Gran Batan archeological complex. Explore high adobe pyramids used as temples, homes, cemeteries and craft workshops. Continue your tour to the Museum of the Lord of Sicán, where a fabulous exhibition of the artifacts discovered in the huacas of Batán Grande awaits. Appreciate a splendid ancient mortuary mask made of feathers, gold, and silver as well as a recreation of the tombs of Sicán noblemen with many other valuable goods displayed in the museum. Upon completion of the visit, return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 4 – Chiclayo | Royal Tombs

Start your day with a one-hour drive to Túcume. After exploring this archeological site and its 26 pyramids, head to the Royal Tombs Museum. Prior to entering, take a few minutes to admire the museum’s striking exterior — a replica of a Moche tomb. Then, have a look at some of the rarest artifacts from the Moche civilization, including the treasures found buried with the Lord of Sipán, housed in the museum. Later, head southeast to Huaca Rajada, the archeological site where the remains of the Moche mummy known as the Lord of Sipán were found in 1987. Explore the site and learn about its important archeological findings and excavations. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 5 – Trujillo | Mysterious Huacas

After breakfast, head to Trujillo, visiting on the way El Brujo archaeological complex, represented by three major huacas that date back over 4,000 years. Check out the site where a female Moche mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered. Then, continue to the museum to appreciate its beautiful polychrome murals, among other exhibits. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 6 – Trujillo | The City of Eternal Spring

In the morning, start your day with a city tour of Trujillo. Visit the city’s main square, stop at the Liberty monument, visit the Cathedral with its beautiful altarpieces, walk the pedestrian Pizarro street on the way to La Merced Church, and visit the Emancipation Mansion with its beautiful neo-classic windows. This is followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Next is a 15-minute drive south to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). After this, head to Chan Chan, South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Make a brief stop at Huanchaco: a small fishing town known for its “caballitos de totora” or small boats made of reed. Head back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 7 – Arequipa | The White City

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport where you board your flight to Arequipa. Spend the afternoon exploring Arequipa. Nicknamed the ‘white city’ due to its many buildings built of sillar (a white stone), Arequipa blends religious, colonial, and republican architectural characteristics into a unique local style. On this tour, visit the Santa Catalina convent – a masterpiece of colonial architecture that had been closed to the public for almost 400 years. Then, head to the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful main city squares in Peru, and its Cathedral. Afterward, explore the colonial suburbs of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara where you will enjoy magnificent views of the city and its volcanoes. Return to the hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 8 – Arequipa | The Road to the Canyon

In the early morning, venture out to Chivay. While driving through the picturesque Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, stop to watch and take pictures of many llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. After a brief break at Patapampa (the highest place of the trip at 4,800 m above sea level), descend to the town of Chivay for lunch and drop off at your hotel. Later in the afternoon, visit the thermal baths of La Calera to relax in the warm waters (optional). In the evening, enjoy complimentary dinner with a folkloric show.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner

Day 9 – Colca | The Flight of the Condor

After an early breakfast, leave to the “Condor’s Cross” to watch the world-famous Andean condor birds soar majestically in the air as they rise up from the canyon. Visit a few different viewpoints of the canyon to appreciate its sheer size. On the way back, make a stop at the town of Yanque to visit its beautiful church and stone streets, among other attractions. Then visit the viewpoints of Choquetipo and Artahuilque for some spectacular views of the Colca Valley and its pre-Inca tombs and terraces. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a picturesque ride to your hotel in the city of Puno.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 10 – Puno | Floating Islands

In the early morning, start your adventure with a short trip to the lakeside marina, from where you sail on a speedboat through the highest navigable lake in the world. Head first to the floating Uros Islands (a group of more than forty islands inhabited by pre-Incan families) and learn about their fascinating history and lifestyle. Your adventure continues across the lake to Taquile Island, known for the intricate, hand-knitted textiles produced by its inhabitants. In the late afternoon, return to Puno.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 11 – Puno | The Sun Route

After enjoying your breakfast, take a scenic bus ride to Cusco. This journey, also known as the “Sun Route”, lasts about 10 hours, in the course of which you have 4 stops with guided visits to each tourist attraction: the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the pass of the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level, and the lithic museum of Pukara. After reaching Sicuani, enjoy your lunch at a picturesque restaurant. Upon arrival at Cusco’s bus station, transfer to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 12 – Cusco | The Imperial City

After a leisurely morning, join your guide to explore this majestic city – the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. First, visit the main Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas where you see a range of paintings from Cusco’s School of Art, old writings, and works in gold leaf and embossed silver. Once finished, continue to Koricancha or the ‘’Temple of the Sun’’ to appreciate its architecture and perfect stone constructions only seen in Inca temples of high importance. After this, head outside the city to visit the archaeological circuit of 4 sites: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of your day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 13 – Cusco | Salt Mines & The Inca Retreat

Begin your day with a trip to the village of Chinchero, where you learn about the ancient customs and traditions of its inhabitants by visiting the ruins of the Inca summer getaway and a beautiful colonial church. Next stop is Maras, a small village famous for its salt mines. Once there, discover how the Incas ingeniously tapped a natural salt water stream to create evaporating pools for collecting salt, a system that is still used today. Afterward, continue to the ruins of Moray, a site of circular terraces built by the Incas as an agricultural research center. Enjoy the rest of the day enjoying your stay at the Sacred Valley hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 14 – Urubamba | The Sacred Valley

Today is the day of your adventure in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your tour starts with a smooth drive through the Sacred Valley. On the way, enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, green hills and beautiful fields. During your first stop, visit Awanacancha textile center and camelid farm, where you will meet llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Feed them and take some funny pictures! Then, head to the ruins of Pisac followed by a stop at the famous Pisac Artisan Market. After having lunch at a picturesque restaurant valley site, enjoy visiting Ollantaytambo and its mountainside terraces and fortifications where the Incas made one of their last stands against the Spanish conquerors. Spend the evening relaxing at your Sacred Valley hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 15 – Machu Picchu Pueblo | Machu Picchu, A Wonder of the World

After breakfast, take a panoramic train to the base town of Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu pueblo.
From there, enjoy a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel built in the 15th century. Explore this icon of Incan civilization by walking through its narrow streets, learning its history, and celebrating the lifestyle of the Incas. You will surely see why this place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to take a train back to Cusco, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 16 – Puerto Maldonado | The Gate to the Amazonas

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board a flight to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado, the starting point of your adventure in the Amazon Rainforest. Upon your arrival at Puerto Maldonado, take a complimentary one-hour road trip, followed by a tranquil boating transfer on the Tambopata River, arriving at the secluded rainforest lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a 20-minute walk from the lodge to the 30-meter scaffolding canopy tower. From the top, get some spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River and watch toucans, parrots or macaws and other bird species fly and land in the treetops. Return to the lodge to enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, box lunch and buffet dinner

Day 17 – Puerto Maldonado | Exploring the Rainforest

In the early morning, take a trip to Tres Chimbadas: thirty minutes by boat followed by a 45-minute walk. Once there, paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of giant river otters and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. After that, take a 20-minute walk to the clay lick site to spot dozens of parrots and parakeets descending to ingest the clay on the river bank. In the afternoon, a 20-minute boat trip leads you to the Centro Ñape trail, where you learn about medicinal and other uses of many local plants. After dinner, hike out to search for some night jungle dwellers – difficult to spot nocturnal mammals or more abundant tarantulas, snakes or frogs with their bizarre shapes and sounds. Return to the lodge to enjoy the rest of your day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and buffet dinner

Day 18 – Ica | Huacachina Oasis

After breakfast, transfer back to Puerto Maldonado Airport to board a short flight to Lima. Upon arrival at Lima, take a comfortable 4-hour bus trip to Ica, followed by a short ride to Huacachina Oasis – home to the extraordinary adventure called the Dune Buggy and Sandboarding Tour.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 19 – Ica | Surfing the Sand

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the oasis. In the afternoon, join the fun on the Dune Buggy and Sandboard Adventure. This experience takes you deep into the desert, where you enjoy an adrenalin-pumping buggy ride through the huge coastal sand dunes. Try sandboarding down the dunes, and watch the sun going down as you return to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 20 – Ica | The Mystery of Nazca Lines

Early in the morning, head to Ica airport to embark on a 75-minute flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines (a collection of giant pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into the ground). Created by the ancient Nazca culture, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines depict various plants, animals and shapes, and can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. Afterward, take a short and comfortable bus ride to the coastal town of Paracas. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 21 – Paracas | Ocean Wildlife

After breakfast, head to the Paracas pier and set off on a guided two-hour speedboat adventure, which takes you to the beautiful Ballestas Islands – home to many sea birds, impressive colonies of sea lions and Humboldt penguins. Make a quick stop to look at the mysterious Candelabra, a prehistoric 200m long hillside geoglyph. After the boat trip, embark on a smooth five-hour bus journey through the Pan American Highway to Lima airport to board your home-bound flight and say good-bye to beautiful Peru.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

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INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Sites entrance fees
  • Private city tours of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
  • Private tours of El Brujo & Cao Museum; Maras Moray & Chincheros; Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu
  • Shared half day tours of Sican Museum & Batan Grande; Sand Buggy Adventure; Ballestas Islands
  • Shared Nazca Lines overflight
  • Shared full day tours of Tucume, Royal Tombs & Sipan; Trujillo City Tour with Archaeological Museum, Sol & Luna Temples, Chan Chan and Huanchaco
  • Shared full-day guided tour of Lake Titicaca, by speed boat
  • Shared full day guided bus tour from Puno to Cuzco
  • Shared two-day guided tour of Colca Canyon
  • Shared 3-day program in the Amazon
  • Comfortable land transportation, Vistadome (or similar) train ticket and internal economy class flights as per the itinerary
  • Private Hotel/Airport/Bus/Railway Station pick-up and drop-off service
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses
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ACCOMODATION

LIMA

Britania Miraflores

Standard room

Placed in the heart of Miraflores, the most popular area for tourists.

CHICLAYO

Winmeier

Standard room

One of the largest hotels in the city, offering a variety of services.

TRUJILLO

Casa Andina Standard Trujillo

Traditional room

A modern hotel only a couple of minutes from the main square.

AREQUIPA

Katari Plaza de Armas

Superior room

Optimal location at the main square, right accross from the Cathedral.

COLCA

Pozo del Cielo

Standard room

Cozy hotel located only 1 km from the Main Square and 300 m from the archeological ruins.

PUNO

Casona Plaza Puno

Suite

Comfortable and modern hotel in the center of the city.

CUSCO

Casa Andina Standard Cusco Koricancha

Standard room

Quiet and atmospheric, just 4 blocks away from the main square.

SACRED VALLEY

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Standard room

Comfortable hotel built on an old monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

PUERTO MALDONADO

Posada Amazonas Lodge

Superior room

Rustic lodge that offers excellent wildlife observation opportunities.

ICA

DM Mossone Ica

Standard room

Stylish hotel located within the regional preservation area of Huacachina oasis.

PARACAS

El Emancipador

Standard room

Relaxed style hotel situated in the quiet area of Paracas.

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ESSENTIAL INFO

ESSENTIAL INFO

PASSPORT

Your full passport details are required to complete your booking. As a general rule, most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining and at least two blank pages on the day of entry to Peru. Bring a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you and leave another copy at home with family or friends. If your passport was changed after completion of the booking process, you must take both passports (old and new) with you.

VISAS

For U.S., Canadian, Australian and European Union citizens, no visa is required for stays fewer than 90 days. For all other nationalities, please send an e-mail inquiry for further information.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

Before coming to Peru, discuss your health conditions with your doctor. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground; ultimately leading to more serious consequences. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. Even if you do not have a pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements that may be difficult to find in Peru.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As parts of the journey may go above 2800 meters (9200 feet), it is common for travelers to experience shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy or reduced appetite due to the altitude. It is important not to over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged, it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. We understand that certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

 VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

If visiting the jungle region (Manu, Iquitos and Tambopata), it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to bring your certificate. Consider that you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving at the jungle region.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Peruvian Food is one of the best cuisines in the world; however, you have to eat at the right establishments. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only use bottled water - even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been washed.

It is important that you let us know in advance any special dietary requirements. Some diet preferences (e.g. vegetarian) may expect a reasonable menu selection while more restrictive ones (vegans, celiac, gluten-free) may have less options than you are accustomed to having available at home.

MONEY MATTERS

Peru’s official currency is the Sol, but US dollars are also widely accepted. There are many money changing options in every Peruvian city; however, for safety reasons, we suggest you to exchange in a bank.

It may be not easy to find an ATM at some locations, so it is a good idea to carry some cash in smaller bills. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in Peru and inquire about international fees and charges. Additionally, ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as, suspecting fraud, they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

SAFETY

Your safety is our number one priority. Your guide accompanies you on all included activities; however, during your trip, you have some free time to pursue your own interests. Please use your own judgement when selecting an activity in your free time:

  • Leave your expensive jewelry and other valuables at home - you won't need them while travelling.
  • Use your hotel safety boxes to store cash, passport, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Use a neck wallet or money belt to keep your money and documents safe when on the go.
  • Do not carry or expose expensive electronics or an excessive amount of cash.
  • Do not wander alone, especially after dark and away from tourist areas.
  • Do not use unauthorized taxis or private vehicles.
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We request that you submit your insurance details during your booking process (see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details).

PACKING

Before packing, be mindful that Peru has many different climates. From the hot and humid deserts and jungle, to the cold Andean mountains, be sure to bring clothes for each of our unique climates.

AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items if visiting the Amazon Jungle:

  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for wearing on boardwalks or around the lodge
  • Knee high rubber boots are provided for the duration of your stay. We recommend wearing these for the jungle walks. Please bring thick/long socks to wear with the rubber boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Good binoculars (optional)
  • Head torch or flash light

TREKKING/GLAMPING PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items for your mountain trail:

  • Reusable bottle for water
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking boots
  • Day clothes:
    • Long walking trousers or exercise tights/leggings
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight rain-jacket or waterproof poncho
    • Thick socks
    • Underwear
  • Night clothes:
    • Fleece jumper/sweater
    • Long pants
    • Woolen hat, scarf and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Flip flops/sandals
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • A standard torch/flashlight
  • Some cash (in small denominations) to tip your guides and porters
 

LOCAL CULTURE AND LGBT SCENE

Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported from the Spanish settlers. Roman Catholic traditions have seeped into many aspects of Peruvian life. When travelling in Peru, many people often mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag. Peruvian society is quite conservative and with little progress in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima and some other main cities do have large LGBT communities as well as some popular bars and friendly LGBT scenes. Feel free to ask for more information.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

We do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical), discrimination or harassment. Sexual relationships between our personnel and travelers are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal substances will not be tolerated and will be reported to local authorities. If you choose to consume alcohol, we encourage responsible drinking. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronizing sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

If you feel someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency telephone number mentioned in your travel voucher.